Longicorn from South Africa is Turquoise Longhorn

Subject: Bug identification
Location: South Africa
March 15, 2016 1:27 pm
This bug was found on a towel in our hotel in South Africa. Picture included. Looks unusual and would like to know what kind of a but it is. Thanks
Signature: Apollo

Longicorn
Longicorn

Hi Apollo,
This is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, and it is truly a lovely species.  We need to do additional research to determine a species name for you.

Update:  March 18, 2016 12:35 AM
After a late night portraiture class, I finally identified, by using a search of “blue Cerambycidae South Africa”, the Turquoise Longhorn,
Prosopocera lactator, on Photographs from South Africa where it states:  “They lay their eggs in the stems of the Buffalo Thorn.  …  It is about 2.5cm in length and is a light peppermint green and brown in colour with turquoise leg markings.”  World Wide Beetles has some great images.  According to iSpot, it is also called the St Andrews Longhorn.

4 thoughts on “Longicorn from South Africa is Turquoise Longhorn”

    • Thanks Cesar,
      I couldn’t figure it out before a long day at LACC, and I got back on it after I got home. Figured it out after some more searching.

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  1. I found a bug in my garden in Kenya this morning. It looks exactly like the turquoise Longicorn but the one I found was mud brown but white markings. I stay in Kibisen area near Kisumu and Nandi

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